December 12, 2012 |
From an artistic point of view, star Mary Pickford famously said, "It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talking instead of the other way around. " Likewise, it would have been better all around if Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films had not come before his new, three-part version of "The Hobbit. " It's not just that the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien novel, which he began as a simple bedtime story for his children, was written first and covers events that precede the considerably more complex "Rings" story.
December 12, 2005 |
THERE'S a moment about 45 minutes into Peter Jackson's "King Kong," as the "motion-picture ship" the Venture approaches the fog-shrouded shores of Skull Island, when Jimmy (Jamie Bell), the youngest member of the crew, looks up from his copy of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" with a troubled look and says, "It's not an adventure story, is it, Mr. Hayes?" To which the grave first-mate Hayes (Evan Parke) replies categorically, "No, Jimmy, it's not."
November 23, 2003 |
When director Peter Jackson was a boy, the neighbors enjoyed the Super8 films he shot in his backyard. Now, with the rest of the world watching his movies, the backyard is bigger and surrounded by taller fences. Each Sunday, tourist buses trundle through this tiny coastal suburb of the country's capital, Wellington, the passengers eager for the slightest sign of their hero.
December 19, 2003 |
For director Peter Jackson, the time was "seven years that's got one week left to run." The seven years was how long he had worked on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy while the "one week left" was his acknowledgment that he'd soon have to stop tinkering with the last installment, "The Return of the King."
November 6, 2005 |
"LISTEN," says tough-talking filmmaker Carl Denham, and everybody does. "I'm going out and make the greatest picture in the world, something that nobody's ever seen or heard of. You'll have to think up a whole lot of new adjectives when I come back." Denham didn't come back with a movie, he came back with a gorilla as big as the Ritz, but "King Kong," the motion picture Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B.
July 14, 1996 |
When Universal's "The Frighteners" arrives in theaters Friday, studio executives will be paying close attention to see just how much high-tech frightening can be achieved on a mere $38 million. The R-rated black comedy-thriller, starring Michael J. Fox as "psychic investigator" Frank Bannister, was made here by Kiwi director Peter Jackson, who co-wrote the movie with Fran Walsh, his partner on and off the job.